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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  The Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America recently made available three activities for the approaching Great Feast of Pentecost. The activities are designed for grades four through six, seven and eight, and nine through twelve.  They are based on events and experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which relates the story of the early years of the Church during and after Pentecost. The activities also relate stories of saints, as well as more contemporary Orthodox Christians, to the lives of familiar figures in Acts, such as…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The final draft of the revisedStatute of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to be presented for adoption at the upcoming 18th All-American Council (AAC) in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, is now available on-line. The release of the revised Statuteis in accordance with Article XIIIof the current Statute, which stipulates that all proposed amendments must be released at least 60 days prior to the All-American Council.  A detailed introduction to the document will be posted as soon as it is available. The proposed text of the revised Statute was finalized at…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Sunday, April 26, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia and Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, at the Cathedral of the All Holy Trinity in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. [See related story and photos.] At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon addressed His Holiness, the text of which appears below. ADDRESS OF HIS BEATITUDE, METROPOLITAN TIKHON CATHEDRAL OF THE ALL HOLY TRINITY, TBILISI, GEORGIA April 25, 2015 Your Holiness, Christ is risen! It is with deep…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ARLINGTON, VA [OCA]  Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America were among the participants representing 37 member faith traditions at the Church World Service [CWS] Annual Members’ Meeting here April 16-17, 2015. Representing the OCA were Arlene Kallaur, OCA Representative to CWS, and guests Archpriest John Vitko, member of the Metropolitan Council, Chancellor of the Diocese of Washington, and Rector of Saint Luke Church, McLean, VA, and Donna Karabin, who chairs the OCA Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid.  Also participating from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America [GOARCH] were Nicholas Anton, GOARCH Coordinator…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  At the invitation of the His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and a delegation from the Orthodox Church in America, will arrive in Armenia on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, where they will participate in the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon are Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Subdeacon Roman Ostash. Metropolitan Tikhon will be among the heads and representatives of Churches and presidents, prime ministers, and others…

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA]  Saint Andrew House here will be the site of the first Orthodox Church in America Mission School April 20-24, 2015. Funding for the event was made possible through a bequest to the OCA for use in the areas of mission and evangelism. “A focus group met several months ago to consider the best way to use the bequest,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Mission School facilitator.  “After reviewing 19 different proposals, task force members selected three options, which were submitted to the members of the Holy Synod, who in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Bright Friday, April 17, 2015 is the deadline for submitting proposed resolutions for the 18th All-American Council, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. Proposed resolutions should be sent via e-mail to resolutions.18aac@oca.org or in hard copy to the Resolutions Committee, 18th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.  After review by the Resolutions Committee, they will be published/posted by May 15, 2015—60 days before the AAC per Article III, Section 5, Part E and Article XIII, Sections 1-2 of…

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Yesterday, I was buried with you, O Christ. Today, I rise with you in your arising. Yesterday, I was crucified with you, O Savior; therefore, glorify me together with you in Your Kingdom.  Dear Beloved: Christ is risen! On this great day of rejoicing, our hearts reflect on the goodness of God and the depths of his love for us. On this holiest of holy days, we are reminded of the continuous concern and the marvelous plan that the Creator has established for all mankind and forever. What was created “good” was abused, and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION MI [OCA] – His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, presented the Order of Saint Romanos to Archimandrite Roman [Braga] after the Divine Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Annunciation at the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery here. Established by the Holy Synod of Bishops at their spring 2014 session, the Order is awarded to influential arrangers, composers, teachers and conductors in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the field of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in America. In his remarks on behalf of His Beatitude, Metropolitan…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Health Plan [OHP] recently announced that, due to rising health costs, it has moved to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement [HRA].  Aetna continues to serve as the Preferred Provider Organization [PPO], while network and health care providers will remain the same. The Orthodox Health Plan is the official health plan for the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Diocese of the Armenian Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church…

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